UN says Syrian child refugees tops 1 million mark

Associated Press
AP10ThingsToSee - FILE - Syrian refugees cross into Iraq at the Peshkhabour border point in Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Around 30,000 Syrians, the vast majority of them Kurds, have fled the region over a five-day stretch and crossed the border to the self-ruled Kurdish region of northern Iraq. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

GENEVA (AP) — Two U.N. agencies say the number of registered child refugees fleeing Syria's violence has topped the 1 million mark.

The U.N. refugee and children's agencies say the grim milestone — half of all the nearly 2 million registered refugees are children — is not just another statistic.

Anthony Lake, head of the U.N. children's agency known as UNICEF, said in a statement Friday that the 1 millionth child refugee is "a real child ripped from home, maybe even a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend."

Lake and Antonio Guterres, head of the U.N. refugee agency, say about 7,000 children are among the more than 100,000 killed in the unrest in Syria, which began in March 2011 and later exploded into a civil war.